University of Minnesota

College of Education and Human Development

Early Childhood Education


Stem Cell Institute

6-125 Jackson Hall, 321 Church Street SE

Twin Cities, MN 55455

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed./initial licensure in early childhood education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Early Childhood Education Initial Licensure/M.Ed. program is offered through the #1 ranked Institute of Child Development in collaboration with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The early childhood initial licensure program is designed to prepare outstanding teachers of young children who will have a strong foundation in child development theory and research and developmentally appropriate methodology for teaching the different ages within the early childhood years (birth - age 8.) Clinical experiences in the Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School and in local urban/suburban public schools create a strong experiential base in which to apply the principles and methods learned in University courses. Emphasis is placed on understanding individual learners, working with diverse learners, using a variety of instructional strategies, inclusive programming for children with and without special needs, working closely with families, creating positive classroom communities, all forms of professional writing and lesson planning, authentic assessment, documentation of student learning, reflective practice, professional development and ethics.


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Minnesota Board of Teaching

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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